A day in the hinterland of AIADMK

The day started with being shooed away. The police asked for ID proof. They soon realised I am a student which furthermore made them apprehensive. Slightly dejected, I started wandering down the road, hoping if I can slip in with the TV channel guys who were stationed down the road at the junction. I had…

Day with the Deaf

The day started with a phone to Miss Patrick Leelavathi, the subject of my profile. After some initial hesitation, she called me over to her school for deaf children at around 4pm. The school had ended for the day when I reached; a few stragglers loitered in the playgrounds, communicating in sign language. Children with…

India & the Second World War

In September 1939 Lord Linlithgow announced that India was at war because Britain was at war, said Srinath Raghavan, scholar and historian. Thus, India was thrust into the war by Britain, without wider consultation. It was a cataclysmic event in which India was caught up, contributed significantly, and experienced a great impact. Raghavan, who is…

Rebuilding a war economy

CHENNAI, NOV 7; “Historians are good at suggesting only two things: First that everything began much earlier and second that everything is more complicated than you think”, said Srinath Raghavan, the author of books on military history. History does bear evidence to his statement that everything in historical literature does have a precedent. Same goes…

India’s Opium High in WWII

  by Shilajit Mitra Chennai, November 3: Although the official Indo-China opium trade ended in 1917, Calcutta continued to be a world trade centre over the two world wars, far into the geopolitical turbulence of the 1940s. Speaking at the Madras Institute of Development Studies, historian and author Srinath Raghavan expounded India’s role in the Second…